Quinn Emanuel is the only major AmLaw 100 firm with a practice group focusing on the representation of victims and plaintiffs in sexual harassment and employment discrimination cases.
The firm is particularly well-positioned for this type of work. It is the largest litigation firm in the world and has extensive experience in plaintiff-side and employment litigation. The firm has obtained five 9-figure jury verdicts, thirty-four 9-figure settlements, and fifteen 10-figure settlements. We have won more than $60 billion in judgments and settlements. The firm has been repeatedly recognized as one of the “Fearsome Foursome” of firms that in-house counsel least wants to face in litigation. We have extensive litigation experience in industries such as banking, advertising, finance, fashion and entertainment, where sexual harassment and discrimination claims frequently arise.
The Sexual Harassment & Employment Discrimination Practice Group includes several former federal and state prosecutors, the former global head of Human Resources at a major bank, and lawyers who specialize in plaintiffs’ litigation and employment litigation. These skilled trial lawyers know how to investigate allegations and develop the evidentiary record necessary to build a winning case. Because of our trial record, we can obtain settlements that other firms cannot.
We have also represented employers in more than eight hundred sexual harassment, race discrimination, and retaliation cases. This defense-side experience gives us unique advantages, including that we can anticipate arguments and defenses that may be employed by defendants, and craft an effective strategy. And it also gives us credibility with defense lawyers.
In addition to direct actions brought by victims against perpetrators and their employers, we also represent clients in shareholder derivative suits. These suits may involve, for example, claims against a board of directors based on its failure to act after learning about an employee’s complaints of sexual harassment, or for approving settlements with victims of sexual harassment or discrimination inconsistent with its fiduciary duties. Securities fraud claims can also be based on allegations that the company made material misstatements or omissions regarding sexual harassment that affected its stock price.
Quinn Emanuel mourns the loss of one of its name partners, Bill Urquhart. Bill joined the firm 31 years ago when it was just a few lawyers in downtown Los Angeles. Bill was a visionary and helped lead a transformation of the firm from a small litigation boutique to the largest and most successful litigation firm in the world, with over 800 lawyers in 23 offices on four continents.
In his legal practice, Bill was a sage counselor and trusted advisor for both plaintiffs and defendants, and for numerous Fortune 100 companies in their most important disputes — matters that usually involved tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars. Over the years he advised IBM, Hughes, Johnson Controls, CNA, Nokia and Qualcomm, among many many others.
For the many people at the firm who were fortunate to know Bill, he was more than a visionary partner and excellent lawyer, he was also a friend, who lived and loved life. He was loved and will be missed.
He leaves behind his wife Mary and 6 children, and our thoughts are with them in this time of grief.